Birthday tips, Fairmont lunch, Fig Café and more

Tips Roadside turns 3

Happy travelers Andrew and Susie Pryfogle returned home just in time to throw their own birthday party for their Tips Roadside restaurant in Kenwood on Sunday June 6th.

Susie says the party will be a “live backyard barbecue and live music” in addition to the regular menu. At the celebration, you can get a selection of smoked breast, rib or chicken wedges with two sides for $ 25, two meats with two sides for $ 30, or three meats with two sides for $ 33.

Side choices will be grilled baked beans, coleslaw or mac and cheese. The three-berry shortcake costs an additional $ 10 for dessert. Or order their donuts, just for the fun of it. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 8445 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. 509-0078.

First Layla, now Spirit and Wisdom

Last week we wrote about the new ownership and management of MacArthur Place on Broadway and East MacArthur, where the Layla restaurant is located.

Now up to the Lodge at Sonoma plans for Wit & Wisdom.

The Lodge’s original developer, the late Barbara Thomas, raised local funds to build the Lodge in 2000 and brilliantly took nearly all of her local investors with her to planning and city council hearings to gain approval for the development afterwards. public conversations at Vintage House and more in town.

Around 2004, DiamondRock Hospitality purchased the Lodge at Sonoma as a “first acquisition” with the resort to be managed as the Renaissance Resort and Spa by Marriott. DiamondRock is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, as are Urgo, the new managers of MacArthur Place. The purchase price was $ 35 million, slightly below estimated development costs of $ 50 million.

Then came the Denver-Sage Hospitality Group which took over in 2020 to include celebrity chef Michael Mina’s second Wit & Wisdom attraction in September 2020.

And later this month, the Lodge becomes an Autograph Collection hotel, which in my research turns out to be another Marriott brand.

Upcoming changes include a redesign of Wit & Wisdom, again by Michael Mina, a new Benicia’s Kitchen restaurant for breakfast and lunch, a whole new redesign of the public spaces, gardens, driveway and bedrooms in the hotel, a new pool deck with a fire pit, a new High Horse Bar made from a horse trailer that is supposed to “push his fellow wine country Napa”, an outdoor fire pit oven, a pétanque ball, the everything with Senior Bartender Camber Lay. Lay is known in San Francisco bar circles as the “Bar Star”, so named by the San Francisco Chronicle. She served as a “bar manager” at Pat Kuleto’s Epic Roadhouse (now Epic Steak) on the Embarcadero.

Meanwhile, Wit & Wisdom is wide open, offering all of the locals’ favorites and the Sonoma Valley’s most comprehensive wine list, though its national wines seem quite Napa-centric with a huge range of wines from around the world. .

Closing the fig coffee

John Toulze, president of Girl & the Fig, called to say they were closing Fig Cafe in Glen Ellen for about a month. The last day of the coffee will be Sunday June 6.

With a capacity of just 10 tables at this point, the staff at Fig Cafe were inundated with reservations and take out orders.

Toulze told the Index-Tribune that “if we combine the staff at Fig Cafe and Girl & the Fig we will have a great restaurant” instead of two overcrowded places as people venture out in droves. “We’re going to focus on getting Girl & the Fig back to where we were, expanding our catering, and then eventually bringing back the Fig Cafe and the D Suite. We’re keeping everything.”

Fairmont Launches Local Lunch Offer

Now it’s tempting.

The new offering at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is called “Good Neighbors Who Lunch”, and allows you to enjoy a two or three course lunch for two with two glasses of wine selected by the Fairmont sommelier. It’s always good to know a sommelier. The two-course lunch costs $ 59 for two, while the three-course lunch costs $ 69 for two.

It’s a mind-blowing menu to choose your two or three courses.

Starters can include tortilla chips and guacamole, a perfect homemade granola, truffle parmesan fries, crispy peanut Brussels sprouts, a lime, chili and fish vinaigrette; falafel lettuce wraps with coleslaw and tahini yogurt and kale Caesar salad.

Starters range from a prosciutto and white peach salad, and a bowl of ancient grains, and a bay shrimp roll to a grilled lamb merguez sausage gyro, a Nashville chicken wrap and the Sonoma Mission Inn burger. with Grilled Angus Beef, Butter Lettuce, Aged Cheddar Cheese.

And maybe one of your choices will be among the desserts from a plate of local artisan cheeses, a warm apple crumble, a rye and walnut streusel with buttermilk ice cream, a creme brulee with honey. burnt, a dark chocolate tart or a classic tiramisu with fresh raspberries.

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